US Department of Justice Sends 800 Agents to 23 States to Monitor the Election
November 2, 2008
FOX News-ARLINGTON, VA-The US Department of Justice has announced that over 800 Department of Justice and FBI Agents working as officers and poll monitors are being sent to battleground states like Ohio and Virginia to protect the integrity of the election.
DOJ To Send Poll Monitors to 23 States
To prepare for possible election day problems, the United States Justice Department will deploy more than 800 federal observers and monitors to voting sites in 23 states.
"The Department of Justice will do all it can to help ensure that elections run as smoothly as possible and, equally important, that the American people have confidence in our electoral process," Attorney General Michael Mukasey said in a written statement.
"On Nov. 4, hundreds of Department of Justice lawyers, monitors and observers will be working throughout the country to help make sure that all Americans who are entitled to vote are able to do so, and that the elections accurately represent the will of the people," Mukasey said.
As DOJ Announces Plans, Virginia NAACP Renews Lawsuit Against Democratic Governor
After the announcement by the United States Department of Justice, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) will go to federal court on Monday to demand more voting machines in minority polling places, as it will renew its lawsuit against Democratic Governor Tim Kaine.
The NAACP filed a lawsuit last week alleging the Commonwealth of Virginia was unprepared for what is expected to be a huge turnout in Tuesday's presidential election. A hearing in a Richmond federal court has been set for Monday afternoon. The organization also wants voting hours extended and paper ballots made available in some precincts.
State Republicans plan to oppose the NAACP's request on the grounds that altering voting procedures on the eve of the election would be disruptive and could unfairly disadvantage their candidates.